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Course SummaryThis Into to Sociology Syllabus Resource & Lesson Plans course is a fully developed resource to help you teach sociology. You can easily adapt the video lessons, transcripts, and quizzes to take full advantage of the comprehensive and engaging material we offer. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.
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You can use this sociology course as a template for designing and implementing your course. Here are the key components of the course and how you can use them:
- Chapters - Each chapter covers a unit of sociology, from the fundamentals of sociology to types of family structures and the shift from agricultural to city life. Use these chapters as mile markers as you map out your course. We recommend planning to spend a week on each chapter, but you can always allocate the chapters according to the length of your specific introductory sociology course.
- Lessons - Within each chapter are video lessons that further break down topics into bite-sized chunks. These lessons cover single topics like mass hysteria or the class system in America. Each one is often appropriate for a single class.
- Key Terms - Within each lesson are key terms. These are emphasized on screen and in the transcript. As you develop your syllabus, these key terms help you focus on the most important learning objectives. For example, the lesson on ethnography includes key terms like open access, closed access, overt research and covert research.
As you work on your sociology lesson plans, save time by incorporating video lessons from this resource. Here's how:
- Introduce Topics - Your students will be in the right mindset for understanding topics like agents of socialization if you begin class with a short video. It can be a jumping-off point for a lecture, group activity or class discussion.
- Break Up Lectures - The video format, which often includes animation, helps students visualize topics like the stages of moral development and social power theory.
- Assign For Homework - Each lesson in the course, from poverty in the U.S. to types of healthcare systems, can be assigned to your students as homework.
Each video lesson includes a complete transcript. You can utilize these transcripts in several ways:
- Lecture Notes - Do you need a guide as you plan a lecture, such as one on the stages of identity development or types of cultural subsets? The transcripts cover each topic in depth, with key terms highlighted for quick reference.
- Student Reading - Perhaps you'd like your students to learn about various societies' views on gender, but you don't have class time available. Assign the transcript as extra reading.
- Study Tools - When it's time for a unit exam on society and aging, you can point your students to the transcripts on America's aging population, problems faced by the elderly, theories regarding aging and the process of facing death to help them study.
Each video lesson has a corresponding quiz. Here's how to use the quizzes:
- Homework - Assign a quiz to your students as homework. You'll receive an email with the results, which enables you to verify they've completed the assignment and that they've understood the material. Questions cover everything from the importance of the family in socialization to key facts, like the name of the document Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels co-authored.
- Tests - You can meld the material in the quizzes into your own student assessments, saving you valuable time. Need a few questions on society and ethnicity? There are plenty!
- Discussions - Jump-start a discussion with questions like: Should euthanasia be a legal option for someone who is terminally ill?
Below is a sketch of the sociology syllabus modeled on a 13-week course. This sample can be adapted based on your course schedule. Navigate the chapters and lessons for more detail.
|Week||Unit||Sample of Topics Covered|
|Week 1||Introduction to Sociology||Definition of sociology, career options in this field, uses for sociology, major sociological theories|
|Week 2||Key Sociology Theorists||Overview of important thinkers on sociology, including Charles Horton Cooley, Karl Marx and W.E.B. Du Bois|
|Week 3||Sociology Research Methods||Approaches to research, research and experimental design, interpreting results|
|Week 4||Foundations of Society||An overview of culture, methods of analyzing culture, socialization|
|Week 5||Theories of Individual Social Development||Freud's theories, including a look at id, ego and superego, Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development, the Theory of Moral Development|
|Week 6||Social Groups and Organizations||Types of social groups, groupthink, rationality|
|Week 7||Diversity in Society||Deviance, stigma, poverty in the U.S., grouping countries by income levels|
|Week 8||Sex and Gender in Society||Definition of key terms, including gender and transsexual, ideas regarding gender, sexism, sexual harassment|
|Week 9||Race and Ethnicity in Society||Difference between ethnicity and race, the ABC Model of Attitudes, origins of prejudice, African-American issues|
|Week 10||Aging in Society||Issues regarding aging, such as isolation and financial problems, sociological perspectives on aging, stages of dying|
|Week 11||Economics and Politics||The relationship between the economy and society, labor unions, political parties|
|Week 12||Social Institutions||Family patterns, religious beliefs, schools and their functions, health care|
|Week 13||Social Change Over Time||A look at urbanization of societies, demographics, crowd behavior, stages of social movements|
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